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July 18, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Church’s One Foundation”

By C. Michael Hawn

Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900) wrote this hymn as one of twelve published in Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the […]

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History of Hymns
July 12, 2017

History of Hymns: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

By Katie Jarrett

Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), the author of this hymn and also the vicar of Monkland Priory Church in Herefordshire, […]

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History of Hymns
June 29, 2017

God is Our Refuge and Our Strength

Ivan Burnett, Jr., has created a bold setting for choir, organ, and oboe. This work is easily adapted for piano, […]

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Choral Work
July 6, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

By C. Michael Hawn

Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) offers iconic images in “America the Beautiful” that capture the variety of landscapes found […]

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History of Hymns
June 29, 2017

God is Our Refuge and Our Strength

Ivan Burnett, Jr., has created a bold setting for choir, organ, and oboe. This work is easily adapted for piano, […]

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Choral Work
June 29, 2017

History of Hymns: “Wonderful Words of Life”

By Rev. Jackson Henry

I would wager that many people who have sung this hymn can recall most of the hymn text in its […]

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History of Hymns
June 29, 2017

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

This hymn is intended for use in worship with the scripture for the First Sunday after Christmas Day, which features […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
June 29, 2017

All Flesh, as Grass from Seasons Past

Hymn writer Ray Capo skillfully uses biblical allusions (1 Peter 1:24-25, Habakkuk 2:20) in this hymn, which speaks to the moments when […]

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Death
June 23, 2017

O Wake Us from Sleeping

Inspired by Charles Wesley's well-known sermon, "Awake, Thou That Sleepest," Nickolas Campbell has written an invitational hymn that embodies […]

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Forgiveness
June 23, 2017

Blessed, Blessed

Nickolas Campbell has created a hymn based upon Matthew 25:31-46 that focuses upon loving neighbors as a part of the […]

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Matthew
June 22, 2017

History of Hymns: “O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be”

By Darrell St. Romain

Peter Abelard was born in Pallet, France, in 1079 and died in Priory of St. Martel, France, in 1142. At a young […]

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History of Hymns
June 8, 2017

History of Hymns: “God, That Madest Earth and Heaven”

By Darrell St. Romain

Reginald Heber (1783–1826), a bishop of Calcutta for the Anglican Church (1823-1826), is the author of the first stanza of  […]

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History of Hymns
June 8, 2017

History of Hymns: “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”

By Darrell St. Romain

Louis F. Benson, who wrote the lyrics of “For the Bread Which You Have Broken,” was born on […]

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History of Hymns
June 1, 2017

History of Hymns: “Father, We Thank You”

By Darrell St. Romain

The ancient second century text The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, or Didache, is the inspiration for this […]

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History of Hymns
May 25, 2017

History of Hymns: “Spirit of Faith, Come Down”

By Simon Hill

Exploring the hymns of Charles Wesley (1707-1788) is like examining a trove of treasures excavated from the pages of his […]

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History of Hymns
May 18, 2017

History of Hymns: “How Great Thou Art”

By C. Michael Hawn

As Carlton Young was preparing The United Methodist Hymnal, a United Methodist Reporter poll revealed that &ldquo […]

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History of Hymns
May 11, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Lives”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Why should I worship a dead Jew?” asked a young Jewish student of Alfred Ackley at a […]

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History of Hymns
May 4, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Day of Resurrection”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Day of Resurrection explodes with Easter triumph! The original language is Greek. This is one of the few […]

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History of Hymns
April 20, 2017

History of Hymns: “What Feast of Love”

By Brad Kisner

Sister Delores Dufner is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she is an […]

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History of Hymns
April 13, 2017

History of Hymns: “Draw the Circle Wide”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Draw the circle wide, draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side, […]

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History of Hymns
April 6, 2017

History of Hymns: “Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land” is an African American spiritual also known as “No […]

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History of Hymns
May 4, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Day of Resurrection”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Day of Resurrection explodes with Easter triumph! The original language is Greek. This is one of the few […]

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History of Hymns
March 31, 2017

Hymns as Stations of the Cross

By Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL

This resource is provided as a way of singing through the final hours leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. The passion […]

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March 16, 2017

History of Hymns: “Lamb of God”

By C. Michael Hawn

While composed in the late twentieth century, this Twila Paris song’s theological and biblical roots run deep in […]

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History of Hymns
March 23, 2017

History of Hymns: “Seek Ye First”

By C. Michael Hawn

The influence of Scripture on congregational song is unmistakable. Sometimes a song makes a brief allusion to Scripture; sometimes a […]

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History of Hymns
March 8, 2017

Salvation Story

This new song is intended for use in connecting the dots along the story of God's salvation and uses […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 6, 2017

Wade in the Water/Go Down, Moses

These two songs are partnered together so the choruses of each may be sung together. Regardless of the fact that […]

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Lent/Holy Week
February 28, 2017

Loving One Who Tends Creation

Taylor Burton-Edwards has created a beautiful hymn that offers a Trinitarian prayer appropriate for meal blessings and sacred time in […]

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Easter
September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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General Music Articles
August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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Copyright & Licensing